Avoid the #SummerSlide with Soleil Moon Frye | Plus, $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway w/ 10 Books!

School’s been out for a few weeks here in New York and my kids are becoming “Summer Bums.”  They want to sleep in, stay indoors (they are complaining it’s too hot — Hello! It’s Summer!) and just play video games.

Well, I surprised them when I told them I would give them each a weekly packet they would have to complete for this summer.

They whined, complained and they gave me the evil eye. I don’t care. I know it’s summer and they have had a hectic year trying to get good grades but it’s been proven by researchers, that during the summer months, students lose their reading skills — a trend known as “Summer Slide.”
Soleil Moon Frye

Recognizing this trend, Target and Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster!) has committed to helping parents avoid the Summer Slide.

Summer Slide

I’m proud to help Target spread the word on the Summer Slide awareness.  I’m also happy to have had the wonderful opportunity to interview Soleil Moon Frye where she provided answers to my emailed questions. Check out the video below:


And now for the giveaway!


Answer this question:

How are you keeping your children smart this summer? I would love for you to share your helpful tips!


1- Follow @NewYorkChica on Twitter and Tweet this (You can tweet this ONCE a day, if you like):

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**Giveaway ends on July 31, 2012 – Midnight.**

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  1. tracey byram says:

    I play learning games with Tristan to teach him his letters and numbers.

  2. Barbara M says:
  3. kathy pease says:

    i encourage him to read through the summer and we like to compete aginst each other when we watch jeopardy..lol

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  11. Valeen N says:

    We’ve participated in the local summer reading program! The kids love it and it’s kept them reading this summer!

  12. Erica C. says:

    We like to take trips to museums, read often, and play games together.

  13. amy deeter says:

    using workbooks with them

  14. amy deeter says:

    i like you on fb

  15. melissa Resnick says:

    we read every day

  16. Amy DeLong says:

    we read,go over the alphabet,numbers etc..

  17. Amy DeLong says:

    fb fan of yours

  18. Reading, learning adventures, etc.
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  19. Stefanie Gladden says:
  20. We go to the library every week or every other week and read in the afternoons.

  21. Susan Smith says:

    We go to the library weekly to check out books.

  22. Susan Smith says:

    Like you on FB Susan Smith

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    added to google circle #1

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  25. Denise Donaldson says:

    by going to the library

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  28. heather c says:

    Well, we didn’t have a choice. There were assignments over the summer, including two books, two presentations and a science project, not to mention six essays on volunteerism.

  29. Richard Hicks says:

    We have taken the kids to the library on several occasions to keep them in the learning mood.

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  30. Ann Council says:

    We frequent the local library.

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  38. Angelina is signed up for almost every free activity at our local library: book club, kindergarten readiness class, science class, etc.

  39. I’m a FB fan!

  40. We read together,play things like word games and do a little each day in their work books

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  42. We do lots of reading and lots of field trips. Live in a wonderful area full of history. I know even I learn something new on each trip.

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  47. by reading to them ty.

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